It has been four months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. The number of confirmed cases has surpassed ten million worldwide with more than 500,000 lives lost. The situation has not been easy. Every industry has faced an enormous challenge.
The global lock down has had an impact not only on the economy and society, but also on human behavioral patterns. To confront the challenges, many jewelry brands have joined in the fight against the pandemic, adopting measures ranging from donating funds and goods, to converting their factories in order to produce health protection products such as hand sanitizer, surgical masks and other medical equipment.
Here are just a few of those kind-hearted people in the jewelry industry helping to fight the pandemic.
BVLGARI, the well-known Italian jewelry brand has donated money to Spallanzani Hospital in Rome to purchase a high-resolution 3D microscope that helps support vital COVID-19 research studies. Moreover, as Italy is one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, Bulgari has joined hands with perfume manufacturer Industrie Cosmetiche Riunite (ICR) to convert its factory in Lodi, that used to make perfume and hotel amenity kits, to produce hand sanitizer. More than 100,000 75 ml. bottles of hand sanitizer packed in recycled containers have been supplied to medical centres in Italy, Switzerland and France.
Tiffany & Co.
Luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. has donated $1 million to American foundations and the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to help ease the COVID-19 situation. Some $750,000 was allocated to WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund while another $250,000 was donated to the New York Community Trust’s NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund. Tiffany employees can also donate funds to demonstrate their support for this initiative.
De Beers, one of the world’s leading diamond suppliers, donated $2.5 million to Botswana and Namibia in Africa, where its diamond mines are located, to help relieve the COVID-19 situation. The aid contributes to medical supplies, food, water and logistical services in remote areas of those countries which De Beers considers as its affected stakeholders. Moreover, the company has also developed a long-term plan for post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), under the Ministry of Commerce, as the host of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF), the leading gems and jewelry trade show in Thailand, rolled out a #StayHomeStayShine campaign to address the pandemic.
The campaign invites people in the jewelry industry to help donate cloth face masks through the posting of selfies with their favorite jewelry pieces on social media. So far, over 1,000 masks have been donated. All masks will be delivered to the Thai Red Cross Society. This activity is just one of the many examples of how the jewelry industry is working together in its response to COVID-19.
Like never before, BGJF will take an adaptation strategy to go online for the first time in the 66th edition. To welcome the “new normal’, the Fair is aimed to be a comprehensive online jewelry trade fair which will take place in September 7-11, 2020. The BGJF is considered one of the most acclaimed global trade shows where both Thai and international jewelers reflecting the country’s potential, and strengthening the image of Thailand as a gems and jewelry hub among international business people and buyers.